Database Discovery: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Knowledge)

What is it and how can it help me?

Produced by Thomson Reuters and part of Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides citation data and metrics (including Impact Factors) in order to evaluate and compare journals.

You can choose to view data on a specific journal, all journals, or a group of journals by Subject Category (e.g. Medicine, General & Internal), Publisher (e.g. Nature Publishing Group) or Country (e.g. England).  A summary table includes key factors such as Total Cites, Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Cited Half-life.  The full report can be viewed by clicking on the journal title, showing detailed breakdown of the metrics and trend data for the journal.

What is the coverage?

There are two editions of JCR.  The Science Edition covers over 5,900 scientific, technical and medical journals from 1998.  The Social Science Edition covers over 1,700 social science journals from 1998.  As the information provided is based on the number of citations in a given year, the most recent year currently available is 2008 (known as a JCR year).  JCR year 2009 will be available in summer 2010.

How do I access it?

There are various possible routes to access…

– For on-site access direct link here.  Click on the “select a database” tab and choose Journal Citation Reports.
– Login to MyAthens; from the Resources tab, select Web of Knowledge, click on the “select a database” tab and choose Journal Citation Reports.
– From the A-Z list of databases on the Library.  Click on J for Journal Citation Reports.

NHS staff can only access this service on-site, on a Library PC.

How can I get more help?

For more information on JCR and explanations of the metrics and features see Journal Citation Reports Help pages.

Thomson Reuters also provide training and tutorials on their website training pages and choose Journal Citation Reports.

For a quick introduction on to using JCR, see our “Using Journal Citation Reports” helpsheet on the Library website under guides and helpsheets.

You can also contact the Library by email library@sgul.ac.uk.  Or contact you Liaison Librarian directly.

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